Fitzpatrick disappointed by Mayobridge decision

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Friday, March 13th, 2015
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SDLP Councillor for Crotlieve Gillian Fitzpatrick has expressed her disappointment that Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has decided against updating the footway in Mayobridge and improving the Edentrumley Road junction.

SDLP Councillor for Crotlieve Gillian Fitzpatrick

In October 2014, Councillor Fitzpatrick met with the Minister to discuss the need for an improved footpath at Mayobridge and road improvements at the Edentrumley Road junction. Councillor Fitzpatrick followed this up in early 2015 and has recently received correspondence from the Minister. Councillor Fitzpatrick said, “The Minister has said that technical assessments were carried out at the Edentrumley Road/Ballydoo Road junction and at the Mayobridge footway. “In his correspondence the Minister communicated the benefits to be gained in carrying out improvements to the Edentrumley Road junction, but said that due to the current economic climate they would not be improving this area. “The Minister also said there was merit in providing a new footway at Mayobridge but that there were other areas which he deemed to be of greater need, so this would also not be improved,” she continued. “It is disappointing that neither of these areas will get the improvement that it so badly needs. I understand the budgetary restrictions on the department, but I think that improvements in these areas would have been of great benefit to local residents. Councillor Fitzpatrick added, “I will continue to lobby the Minister about this issue. As a local resident I know that these repairs are more needed than the minister realises. I am hopeful that my suggestions will stay on the Minister’s radar, and will be improved sooner rather than later.”

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